Best Country Music Songs About Drugs, Getting High - Rolling Stone
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Country’s 15 Highest Drug Odes

From Willie’s weed to Cash’s coke, we count down the greatest songs about illegal recreation

Willie Nelson and Jamey Johnson teamed up for Nelson's 420 salute "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me."

Willie Nelson and Jamey Johnson teamed up for Nelson's 420 salute "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me."

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So maybe the late Merle Haggard didn’t smoke marijuana in Muskogee or take trips on LSD, but that certainly didn’t stop country’s greats from trading a shot of Tennessee brown for a toke of Colorado green — and singing about it, too. But true to the genre’s roots, these songs capture a complete, complex story: It’s never just as simple as relaxing on the beach with a joint in hand, and, more often than not, there are bitter consequences. These are tales that show both the pleasure and sorrow that comes with a life lived high.

[Editor’s Note: A version of this list was originally published June 2014]

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